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2009 CFN Big 12 Week 8 Roundup

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Posted Oct 24, 2009


Big 12 2009 Week Eight Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 Big 12 ... Week 8

North Colorado | Iowa St | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri | Nebraska
South Baylor | Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech

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North
  Conf. Overall
Kansas St 3 1 5 3
Iowa St 2 2 5 3
Kansas 1 2 5 2
Nebraska 1 2 4 3
Colorado 1 2 2 5
Missouri 0 3 4 3
South
  Conf. Overall
Texas 4 0 7 0
Ok State 3 0 6 1
Oklahoma 2 1 4 3
Tex Tech 2 2 5 3
Texas A&M 1 2 4 3
Baylor 0 3 3 4
Players of the Week
10/24 Jesse Smith, LB ISU
10/17 Dan. Thomas, RB KSU
10/10 Dezmon Briscoe & Kerry Meier, WRs, Kansas
10/3 Emmanuel Lamur, DB KSU
9/26 Jerrod Johnson, QB A&M
9/19 Jordan Shipley, WR Tex
9/13 Taylor Potts, QB TT
9/5 Blaine Gabbert, QB Mis.

Games of the Week
10/24 ISU 9, Neb 7
10/17 Colorado 34, KU 30
10/10 KU 41, ISU 36
10/3 KSU 24, ISU 23
9/26 Hous. 29, TTech 28
9/19 Tex 34, TTech 24
9/13, Miss 27, BGSU 20
9/5 BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
Scoreboard

Oklahoma State 34
at Baylor 7
- Oklahoma State & Robinson roll over Bears 
- Baylor puncless in loss to the Cowboys 

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 30-16
Line: Oklahoma State -10

at Kansas State 20
Colorado 6
- Kansas State runs over the Buffs for huge win 
- Colorado back to being Colorado in loss 

CFN Prediction: Kansas State 30-24
Line: Kansas State -3.5

Iowa State 9  
at Nebraska 7
- Iowa State forces big mistakes in huge win 
- Nebraska turns it over 8 times in loss to ISU 

CFN Prediction: Nebraska 35-10
Line: Nebraska -18

Oklahoma 35
at Kansas 13
- Oklahoma breezes by the Jayhawks 
- Kansas punchless in loss to OU 

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma 34-21
Line: Oklahoma -7

Texas 41
at Missouri 7
- Texas & McCoy rip apart the Tigers 
- Missouri doesn't show up in loss to Longhorns 

CFN Prediction: Texas 27-17
Line: Texas -13.5

Texas A&M 52
at Texas Tech 30
- Texas A&M blows up Tech in stunning win 
- Texas Tech suffers disastrous loss to A&M 

CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 48-28
Line: Texas Tech -21
GAME OF THE WEEK

Iowa State 9 … at Nebraska 7

Iowa State stunned the Huskers with eight takeaways and including four inside the Cyclone five. Nebraska, as poorly as it played, still had a chance late, but Zac Lee was picked off. All the scoring was done in the first half as Iowa State got a 47-yard Jake Williams touchdown catch in the second, along with a 52-yard Grant Mahoney field goal in the first, while Nebraska scored on a three-yard Dantrayevous Robinson run. Nebraska outgained the Cyclones 362 yards to 239.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Iowa State LB Jesse Smith made 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, forced a fumble and picked off a pass in the win over Nebraska.

CONFENCE ROUNDUP

Baylor
… Oklahoma State 34 ... at Baylor 7 ... There simply isn’t enough offensive pop to keep up. Nick Florence wasn’t bad throwing the ball, but Jay Finley wasn’t able to get any room to move and the defense didn’t provide nearly enough help. As rough as things have been, the Bears have a shot to come up with a stunning win next week against a suddenly punchless Nebraska. But the offense has to find something, anything that works after scoring just 24 points in the last three games. Controlling the clock is a must after holding on to the ball for just 21:35 against the Cowboys.

Colorado
…at Kansas State 20 ... Colorado 6 ... And the disaster is back. A week after the seemingly breakthrough win over Kansas, Colorado’s offense went back into the tank as Tyler Hanson didn’t provide any of the spark he showed against the Jayhawks, and now the quarterback flip-flopping has kicked in. Cody Hawkins was a big problem before, and now he might have to be the answer to try to save his dad’s job. At 2-5, all isn’t quite lost yet, especially with home games against Missouri and Texas A&M up next, but with the way the O is playing, it’s going to take something special to get a win the rest of the way.

Iowa State
… Iowa State 9 ... at Nebraska 7 ... 5-3 with a win at Nebraska?! The Cyclones are roughly two big plays away from being 6-1, but being in range of a bowl game and Big 12 North title contention is enough for now. The offense didn’t do anything against Nebraska, and it has to be a concern that QB Austen Arnaud wasn’t under center and the offense was so bad with him on the sidelines, but the defense that had struggled so much at times this year came up with big turnover after big turnover. If the Cyclones can win at Nebraska, it can win at Texas A&M next week.

Kansas
… Oklahoma 35 ... at Kansas 13 ... Uh oh. Losing to Oklahoma is no sin, but coming off the loss to Colorado, KU is in big trouble. Once the possible leader in the North race, now, with Kansas State stepping up and playing well, there isn’t a sure-thing win left on the schedule. The passing game struggled with Todd Reesing under pressure all game long, and the ground game wasn’t able to pick up the slack. To beat a team like OU, the Jayhawks have to be far sharper and can’t turn the ball over three times and commit eight penalties. With three road games in the next four, starting with a trip to Texas Tech, everything has to be working.

Kansas State
… at Kansas State 20 ... Colorado 6 ... Big 12 North champion … Kansas State?! It’s not like the Wildcats are playing at a high level with no passing game to speak off, but Daniel Thomas and the running game are working, the defense rebounded in a big way after the Texas Tech debacle, and the offense isn’t turning the ball over. Basically, the Wildcats aren’t beating themselves, and that will be a must with a trip to Oklahoma up next. A bowl game isn’t a lock with Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska still to play, but there’s no denying the terrific turnaround to generate some excitement in the new Bill Snyder era.

Missouri … Texas 41 ... at Missouri 7 ... Texas might win the national title. Missouri has to be more concerned that the offense hasn’t picked its mojo up off the field after the ugly fourth quarter against Nebraska a few weeks ago, but there’s no reason to get too in a twist over the loss to the Longhorns. The North title might be out of reach after an 0-3 conference start, but the rest of the schedule is relatively easy, there are games against the leaders (yes, Iowa State and Kansas State are leaders for now), and there’s still time to turn this around if the offense starts scoring. The ground game has to get rolling again and QB Blaine Gabbert has to start flinging it without worrying.

Nebraska … Iowa State 9 ... at Nebraska 7 ... Don’t blame the defense. Ndamukong Suh made eight tackles with a sack and three quarterback hurries in yet another All-America effort, Iowa State gained just 239 yards, and there were just 5-of-18 third down conversions. But the offense can’t score on anyone at a BCS conference level. This is a team that’s strong enough defensively to win a Big 12 title with, but the mistakes and the sputtering two weeks in a row, and three if you dismiss the fourth quarter against Missouri, have been too much to overcome. Fortunately, Baylor is up next before dealing with Oklahoma and Kansas, but the disaster on offense has to stop now simply by holding on to the ball.

Oklahoma
… Oklahoma 35 ... at Kansas 13 ... The Kansas run defense is good statistically, but it’s not so strong that the Oklahoma ground game should be held to just 85 yards. DeMarco Murray was out, but that’s no excuse; the running attack isn’t working. Everyone is going to force Landry Jones to throw and win through the air, and while he threw a pick, he also had an accurate 26-of-38 passing day. Now that the speculation is over and Sam Bradford is done for his career, this is Jones’s team and the program has to build around him for the next three-plus years. With Kansas State up next, the Sooners have to come up with an impressive win over the new star of the North to prove that they’re the No. 2 team in the league.

Oklahoma State
… Oklahoma State 34 ... at Baylor 7 ... Zac Robinson is coming into his own as a major-league playmaker. Without Dez Bryant to throw to or Kendall Hunter to hand off to, he’s becoming more efficient and more effective, completed 23-of-27 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against the Bears. He’s doing exactly what the team desperately needs him to do, and now he has to take his game to another level. OSU has to assume that Texas is going to stuff the running game next week, and Robinson will have to keep the mistakes to a minimum and he has to make every right read.

Texas
…Texas 41 ... at Missouri 7 ... There we go. Now that’s the Colt McCoy everyone has been waiting for. He threw a pick, but whatever; going 26-of-31 with three touchdown passes qualifies as a nearly perfect day. The Texas defense continues to be special while the Longhorn offense carved up Missouri for a 21-0 first quarter lead to end any hope of a fun day for the home crowd. It’s almost like the Longhorns got the Oklahoma game out of the way and now it can take a big breath. However, the Oklahoma State game is dangerous, and the defense has to deal with a talented, veteran quarterback, but if McCoy is error-free and the defense continues to dominate up front, getting out of Stillwater with a win shouldn’t be a problem.

Texas A&M
… Texas A&M 52 ... at Texas Tech 30 ... Who cares about consistency if you can do this? Just when it seemed like Texas A&M was going to go quietly into the abyss, it pulls out a game like this with 321 rushing yards and six scores, with Cyrus Gray running for 131 yards and three scores, and Lionel Smith adding 121 yards and two touchdowns. Coming up with five turnovers didn’t hurt as the Aggies put together a tremendous all-around effort to pull up out of the ugly three-game slide. Now it’s time to show that that this wasn’t a fluke. Beating Iowa State is a must to stay alive for a bowl bid with Oklahoma and Texas left to deal with, and if the team played like this, winning at least three of the last five games shouldn’t be a problem.

Texas Tech
… Texas A&M 52 ... at Texas Tech 30 ... The offense gets back Taylor Potts and … thud. Potts unfairly suffered the criticism for the loss, but he doesn’t play run defense. The Red Raiders didn’t have an answer for anything the A&M offense wanted to do, and after the dominant 31-10 win over Nebraska, this was a stunner just when the team should’ve been hitting its stride. This was bad, but a loss to Kansas next week would be worst with Oklahoma State and Oklahoma still to face. The passing game is still fantastic, but if the Red Raiders continue to be last in the Big 12 in turnover margin, the yards through the air aren’t going to matter much.

Saturday, Oct. 31
Nebraska at Baylor
Missouri at Colorado
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Kansas at Texas Tech
Kansas State at Oklahoma
Texas at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 7
Baylor at Missouri
Texas A&M at Colorado
Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Kansas at Kansas State
Oklahoma at Nebraska
UCF at Texas

Saturday, Nov. 14
Texas at Baylor
Colorado at Iowa State
Nebraska at Kansas
Missouri at Kansas State
Texas A&M at Oklahoma
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

Thursday, Nov. 19
Colorado at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 21
Baylor at Texas A&M
Iowa State at Missouri
Kansas at Texas
Kansas State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Texas Tech

Thursday, Nov. 26
Texas at Texas A&M

Friday, Nov. 27
Nebraska at Colorado
Saturday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Baylor

Kansas vs. Missouri (in KC)
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Saturday, Dec. 5
Big 12 Championship Game